Readers! I have been blogging for about 6 weeks now and it has been wonderful, and challenging. I have already learned many things about blogging that I did not know before I started. I have also begun learning things about myself through my blogging journey.
I have been wanting to write a post about blogging, partially because I have been so excited about my blog, and partially because I have read many posts about blogging that are interesting and fun to read, as well as helpful. So far, I have resisted writing about blogging because, at only 6 weeks, I do not feel qualified to offer any advise or insight. However, I just finished reading a very inspiring article by Paul Scrivens ( blogging at https://obstacle.co ) that reminded me I can write about whatever I want. My perspectives and experiences are are different from any other blogger and that is what I have to offer you. So if you have been reading my blog and enjoyed other posts I have written then you will probably like this one as well.
Anyway, here are some blogging realizations I have had:
Only you can write your blog. There could be a million blog posts about chocolate chip cookie recipes but only one of them is yours. Your chocolate chip cookie recipe is different from all the others. Maybe your ingredients are different, or your process for making them, but more then likely, your recipe is different because of how you introduced the recipe and your story behind it. Your blog aesthetics could also attract a different group or audience.
Basically, the most important thing you can do for your posts is to write in the style that is most comfortable for you. You will begin to gather likeminded readers that will be a unique group to your blog.
Network. Find people who want to read your blog. For example, since I am a lifestyle blogger, I enjoy reading other lifestyle blogs. Don’t waist your time trying to get travel bloggers to follow your blog if you are writing about gardening and have no interest in travel yourself. The way you feel about travel is probably the same way a travel blogger feels about gardening. (For the record I follow a few travel blogs, and I love gardening blogs, so I’m not bashing either).
Social media is the place you will find most of your readers, but like I said, don’t try feeding a bunny a dog treat, bunnies like carrots and alfalfa! (Maybe not the best analogy I could have used here, but I absolutely love rabbits and since I have not introduced them to my blog yet, now is the time. Expect to see more rabbit trails, pun intended.)
Plan your posts. Planning what days I want to share my posts has been helpful to me, especially as my schedule has grown increasingly busy with the start of the fall semester. If I decide my post needs to go out Friday, then Friday is my deadline. I am currently trying to post about every 5 days, or at least once a week.
In order to reach my deadlines, having pending posts has helped when I am in a crunch. Whenever I have an idea for a good post and a little time, I sit down and type up as much as I have time to write or can think of at the moment. That way when I come back I have a couple of posts already written and all I need to do is edit them and edit my photos.
Blogging is continuos work. This tip goes along with planning but I think it is important enough to make it it’s own point to emphasis it. Again, blogging is continuos. Blogging means I am always traveling with my camera in case I there is a moment to capture a perfect shot. This picture does not need to be for a particular post necessarily, but to have as a great photo to come back to for when I write a corresponding post.
As a blogger, there are no brakes. Even when you are not directly editing posts, there is always comments to respond to and social media to engage with. There is always SOMETHING you can work on to promote your blog. Usually they are very small minimal steps, such as engaging with a another bloggers post, reading it, and taking time to leave a meaningful comment.
Finally, I would like to share 2 blogs that have stood out to me because they continue to be authentic post after post.
Great blogs to read and follow:
First up is Designed for Creativity. Anna writes about gluten free recipes and DYI projects. I highly reccomend reading and following Designed for Creativity because the author is highly talented. Each recipe begins with the authors personal inspiration behind therecipe, which are fun to read.Furthermore, each recipe is gluten free, due to the author’s own diet, yet you would never guess her food was gluten free by eating it. While I am not gluten free, I still enjoy making and eating her recipes.
Another blog I recommend is Eclectic Kristal, a lifestyle blogger. I like Eclectic Kristal‘s blog because each post is something new and fun. Her pictures are well edited which makes it fun too look at. Her DYI projects are particle and simple, and can be completed on a tight budget, which is the best way to go about crafts. All of her ideas would make a great addition to your home.
I will continue promoting blogs I like to help out my fellow bloggers. To be eligible for consideration you must:
- be a fellow lifestyle blogger
- and be a follower/subscriber